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Full Throttle Remastered Rides onto Linux

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Once again, I have the honour of sharing a new Linux game that I've both been a fan of and have ported to Linux.

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Full Throttle Remastered is now available on our favourite platform, and can be found on Steam and itch.io with a 33% discount until Sunday. It should also find its way up to GOG and the Humble Store very soon!

In a world where wheeled vehicles are a dying breed, biker gang leader Ben Throttle must think, ride, and punch his way through obstacles that threaten his gang, his life, and the last motorcycle manufacturer in the country.

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Sandwiched in between The Dig and Curse of Monkey Island, Full Throttle marks the middle of LucasArts' final 2D adventure trifecta that for many marked the last hurrah of the "golden age of adventure games". Like its contemporaries, Full Throttle makes use of both the long-lived SCUMM engine used by the majority of LucasArts' adventure titles and INSANE, the full motion video engine initially developed for Rebel Assault. In Full Throttle, the latter is notably used to provide full screen animated backgrounds to the game's interactive riding sequences, which was an impressive feature for a 2D game in 1995.

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As I did with my Day of the Tentacle Remastered port, I'm hoping to publish an article reflecting on the porting process and some of my experiences at a later date. If that's your sort of thing, keep an eye out!

I should also take a moment to encourage everybody to give thanks to Full Throttle's Linux testers, without whose time and effort I couldn't have released the port.

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If you grab the game, I hope that you're able to re-live fond memories and/or make new ones of this classic two-wheeled adventure! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Cheeseness Jul 30, 2017
Thanks for the kind comments, people! I'm glad to hear that the game is being positively received.

I've been waiting to share this screenshot for over a month and a half :D



Quoting: ShmerlGreat! I'll buy on GOG. Did Double Fine consider open sourcing their remastered engines?
I don't believe Double Fine owns the remastered engines enough to open source them. They're based on the LucasArts developed wrapper around the original SCUMM engine that was developed for the Monkey Island special editions, so Disney owns that stuff (and with them being a driving force behind extending copyright and are so reluctant to sell IP that they own, it feels really unlikely that they'd consider it).

Quoting: ShmerlAnd, can Double Fine make some deal with Disney to release classic Full Throttle as a free bonus for those who buy the remastered game? It will allow playing it in ScummVM wherever it runs :)
That's not something I can really comment on or influence. Wouldn't hurt to let Double Fine know that that sort of thing is desired, though!


Quoting: Incandescent
Quoting: Mountain ManThis was the first adventure game I ever played, and it ruined the genre for me, because everything else I played after just felt inferior.
However, I would say that Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis and Gemini Rue get pretty darn close. :)
All are really great games, but to me, The Dig sits marginally above them.


Quoting: SkullyGreat stuff Cheeseness. You keep yourself very busy. Goodluck with whatever you do next.
Thanks! I think I'll be trying to focus on shipping Winter's Wake and the Icicle engine. That said, I'm sure I'll get roped into other things here and there along the way :D


Quoting: BlackBloodRumAlso, it's got my vote because the Windows trolls[1] in the steam forum "Linux support?" thread are banned haha :-D. Seems DoubleFine have a developer there by the name of "Cheesiness" who seems quite friendly towards Linux and that's always a good thing to see!
Just to be clear, I'm an external contractor when I'm doing ports for them and a volunteer community coordinator/forum moderator when I'm not.


Quoting: BlackBloodRumNow they've finished with this, how about Brutal Legend 2? Hint hint ;-)
I can't speak for Double Fine on that front, but I think it's pretty safe to say that there's zero chance of BL2 being on the table before Psychonauts 2 ships. With BL2 being such an expensive game (music licencing costs alone would be astronomical), it's possible that it'd never get made. That said, who knows what might happen in the future if the stars align right!


Quoting: tuubiYay! Thanks for being awesome once again Cheese! I will definitely pick it up at some point. The Dig next on the list? ;)
No plans for The Dig that I'm aware of! Would definitely love to have a hand in that one if the opportunity arose though. I think it's my favourite LucasArts adventure game.


Quoting: tuubiI'll be eagerly waiting for your article on the port process. If your past articles are anything to go by, it ought to be a fascinating read.
At this stage, I'm not sure what form it will take - I need a bit more time to reflect on what's happened. Hopefully that won't be too long though :)


Quoting: razing32I was wondering why this was not available when Day of the Tentacle was.
If I remember right, full production on Full Throttle Remastered didn't start until long after I was done with Day of the Tentacle Remastered's Linux port. The Windows version of FT:R didn't come out until April this year.


Quoting: t3gYou rock! One day when I was mowing the lawn, I had the interview you did with Boiling Steam playing on my phone (headphones of course) and bought the Linux version of Day of the Tentacle soon after.

It was my first time playing the game and you did an amazing job.

I hope you eventually assist in bringing over more games like the Secret of Monkey Island remasters.
Thanks! I'm glad to hear you had a positive experience with DotT and that there was something of interest in my Boiling Steam interview.

Regarding the Monkey Island special editions, I'd love to see them come to Linux. I'm not aware of any forward movement on that front, but it'd never hurt to ask Double Fine and let them know that there's an audience!
Shmerl Jul 30, 2017
Quoting: CheesenessI can't speak for Double Fine on that front, but I think it's pretty safe to say that there's zero chance of BL2 being on the table before Psychonauts 2 ships. With BL2 being such an expensive game (music licencing costs alone would be astronomical), it's possible that it'd never get made. That said, who knows what might happen in the future if the stars align right!

I'm actually more interested in the sequel to Full Throttle :) It was originally planned in various forms, but never materialized.
Cheeseness Jul 30, 2017
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: CheesenessI can't speak for Double Fine on that front, but I think it's pretty safe to say that there's zero chance of BL2 being on the table before Psychonauts 2 ships. With BL2 being such an expensive game (music licencing costs alone would be astronomical), it's possible that it'd never get made. That said, who knows what might happen in the future if the stars align right!

I'm actually more interested in the sequel to Full Throttle :) It was originally planned in various forms, but never materialized.
Right, there was preproduction work done on at least two iterations that I know of (this Bill Tiller interview touches on both of those), but neither of those had Tim's involvement - he heard about it via rumour in the office and that eventually played a role in him leaving LucasArts (touched on in this interview.

I think that Day of the Tentacle and The Curse of Monkey Island are examples of how a sequel without the involvement of its original team/creative lead can be interesting and compelling, but I think that both of those are also good examples of how such a project can depart significantly from its origins.
Shmerl Jul 30, 2017
Quoting: CheesenessRight, there was preproduction work done on at least two iterations that I know of (this Bill Tiller interview touches on both of those), but neither of those had Tim's involvement - he heard about it via rumour in the office and that eventually played a role in him leaving LucasArts (touched on in this interview.

Yep, I remember that Bill Tiller interview, it's pretty good. Here is also a good article about what happened to the sequel (it also talks about the history of Full Throttle itself).


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Cheeseness Jul 30, 2017
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: CheesenessRight, there was preproduction work done on at least two iterations that I know of (this Bill Tiller interview touches on both of those), but neither of those had Tim's involvement - he heard about it via rumour in the office and that eventually played a role in him leaving LucasArts (touched on in this interview.

Yep, I remember that Bill Tiller interview, it's pretty good. Here is also a good article about what happened to the sequel (it also talks about the history of Full Throttle itself).

That's a great article - the Campo Santo Quarterly is always full of good stuff. When I read it, I didn't come away with the impression that it really touched on what happened to the sequel(s). It pretty much just says that they were cancelled. It is a good look at Full Throttle's origins and identity, though!
Shmerl Jul 30, 2017
I mostly meant that it references that Tim didn't even know about the sequel first.
Zaxth Jul 30, 2017
Bought and completed in one sitting. Such a great game.
Also I thanked no cats.
Cheeseness Jul 31, 2017
If anybody was keen to pick it up on itch, I sorted out what was going on with the discount there and got that extended by a day (it would've ended today).
nerdknight Jul 31, 2017
QuoteRegarding the Monkey Island special editions, I'd love to see them come to Linux. I'm not aware of any forward movement on that front, but it'd never hurt to ask Double Fine and let them know that there's an audience!
+1 to the audience!
Cheeseness Aug 1, 2017
Aaand it's up on GOG now too \o/
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